Kōrero: Moa

Upland moa head

Upland moa head

This head of an upland moa (Megalapteryx didinus) was found in the 19th century in a cave near Cromwell, in Central Otago. It had been mummified by the dry, cold conditions of the cave. Unlike most other moa species, the upland moa had a sharp beak, and the comparative size of the eye sockets and nose suggest that its sense of smell was better than its eyesight.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: MA_B.016309

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Trevor H. Worthy, 'Moa - Appearance and breeding', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/11382/upland-moa-head (accessed 7 August 2020)

He kōrero nā Trevor H. Worthy, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015